Melt

Definition of Melt

Pronunciation: mĕlt
n.1.(Zool.) See 2d Milt.
v. t.1.To reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to liquefy; as, to melt wax, tallow, or lead; to melt ice or snow.
[imp. & p. p. Melted (obs.) p. p. Molten ; p. pr. & vb. n. Melting.]
2.To soften, as by a warming or kindly influence; to relax; to render gentle or susceptible to mild influences; sometimes, in a bad sense, to take away the firmness of; to weaken.
Thou would'st have . . . melted down thy youth.
- Shak.
For pity melts the mind to love.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures.
2.To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth.
3.To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear.
My soul melteth for heaviness.
- Ps. cxix. 28.
Melting with tenderness and kind compassion.
- Shak.
4.To lose distinct form or outline; to blend. See fondue.
The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and melting into each other.
- J. C. Shairp.
5.To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away.

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